Tottenham were physically and skillfully outplayed today at White Hart Lane. This match brought back bitter memories of their 5 – 0 defeat last year to Liverpool at the Lane. The game began swimmingly, as Spurs seemed to control possession. However, in the eighth minute, a beautiful pass across the six yard line was played to Raheem Sterling who finished and put the Reds up 1 – 0.
Tottenham fought for the rest of the half, and even produced a few chances. Emmanuel Adebayor almost converted a chip opportunity, and Nacer Chadli was close to finishing an incredible volley. Going into halftime down 1 – 0, Spurs seemed to still have a chance in the match.
After the whistle blew to begin the second half, Spurs continued to play well. However, in the 49th minute, Eric Dier conceded a questionable penalty to Joe Allen when he tugged at his shirt in the box. Steven Gerrard stepped up to the spot and converted. Mauricio Pochettino, still trying to get something from the match made a double substitution bringing on Andros Townsend for Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele for Nabil Bentaleb. This effort proved futile though, as immediately after they came on in the 60th minute, Alberto Moreno produced a fantastic finish to put Liverpool up 3 – 0.
By this point in the game, Pochettino was running out of options, and had to use his last sub for Danny Rose who sustained a thigh injury. He brought on Ben Davies who played average for the time he was in.
Disappointing from Tottenham
As a Spurs fan, I’m not as much disappointed in the team as I am in some individual players. The team played very well as we dominated possession, and were attacking well at times. However, a few players, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, and Christian Eriksen, specifically, really disappointed today.
The latter wasn’t awful, he just was not his spectacular self. Younes Kaboul seemed slow on the ball again, and was responsible for the first goal. Danny Rose was the worst, as he could not handle Raheem Sterling on the right side.
I hope we can rebound in the next match at Sunderland as this was a terribly disappointing display.
What do you think Spurs fans? Who was at fault in today’s display, and how do you think we play better next week?
Comment below with your thoughts.